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Copyright (c) 2011 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

NOTE: WHAT'S THAT SMELL: SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND IOWA'S TIME OF TRANSFER LAW

Summer, 2011

Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

16 Drake J. Agric. L. 343

Author

Matthew G. Sease*

Excerpt



I. Introduction

On July 1, 2009, a new Iowa law took effect which greatly affects home purchases in rural Iowa. 1 Specifically, Iowa Code Section 455B.172 was amended to require an inspection of a home's septic tank prior to transferring title. 2 The overall goal of this note is to examine Iowa Code Section 455B.172 and provide an analysis of its potential pitfalls. Part II begins with an overview of septic tanks generally: who uses them and how they work. Part III of the note provides an in depth examination of Iowa Code Section 445B.172 and its limited legislative history. Part IV looks at similar state statutes and municipal codes to see how Iowa's statute compares. The final section, Part V, will critique the Iowa statute and outline the several questions left open by the language of 455B.172.

II. Septic Systems

Septic tanks were reportedly first used by the French in the 1870s. 3 The United States was not far behind, using septic systems beginning in the 1880s. 4 Nearly 150 years later, septic systems are still widely used throughout the United States. As of 2007, nearly twenty percent of all homes (approximately 26.1 million) have a septic system to remove waste from the home. 5 The number of homes using septic tanks has increased over 1.5 million homes from 1985. 6 The total number of homes using these systems is divided almost equally amongst rural homes and suburban homes. 7 Nearly half of all septic tanks in the United ...
 
 
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